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February 14, 2013 12:03 pm
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UK Police Commissioner Resigns After Comparing Political Opponents to Nazis

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Rachel Frosh's Tweet.

A deputy police and crime commissioner in Hertfordshire, England has resigned after sending a Tweet that appeared to compare political opponents to Nazis.

Rachel Frosh retweeted a message which stated: “Dear #Socialists, embrace your inner #Nazism” earlier this month.

On Wednesday she quit despite saying she did not remember sending the message. She did say, however, that the sentiment wasn’t one she opposed.  “My considered view is that the origins of Nazism do lie in traditional socialism and when the BNP do well it is with disaffected Labour voters.”

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Dr. Frosh added that she “believes most Labour politicians to be honourable decent people who do not have any truck with the politics of hate.

“The modern Labour party bears no resemblance to the BNP or similar parties.”

Frosh said she resigned to allow police commissioner David Lloyd to maintain “constructive working relations with local politicians of all parties.”

“It would never be my intention to give that impression about Labour – who I have shared places with not only at Holocaust remembrances but also other human rights and anti-racist gatherings,” she said.

Mr Lloyd said: “I am sad to have to accept Rachel’s resignation.

“She has taken the honorable course of action by making this decision and I will miss her valuable contribution to my work to further improve policing and crime reductions for the public of Hertfordshire.”

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  • Brian Goldfarb

    This woman, whatever her formal level of education, is clearly uneducated where it matters. She would appear to have been fooled (to be polite about it) by the second and fourth words in the Nazi Party’s formal title (National Socialist German Workers Party). The NSDAP had (and the contemporary descendants of their ideology – such as the BNP etc in the UK – have) nothing in common with democratic socialism as practiced by the UK Labour Party, the German Social Democratic Party, the French Socialist Party. etc.

    However, the totalitarians of the far left and the far right have much in common. This was recognised as long ago as 1939 by the political cartoonist David Low (google “David Low, cartoon, rendezvous”. It will bring up an image of Hitler & Stalin meeting over the prone body of Poland, and greeting and bowing to each other).

    We should see political ideologies and parties and parties not as left and right, but as a continuum from closed to open. In such a schema, Nazis, Fascists and Bolsheviks would be clustered close together on one end of the continuum and democratic socialist, liberals and conservatives would be relatively close together somewhere beyond the middle of the line towards the “open” end.

    To vilify the democratic left as spawning the fascists, etc, of the totalitarian fringe is grotesque. Now, if you were to so characterise far left groups such as the Socialist Workers Party and others of that ilk, well, I’d have far less argument with that!

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